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An adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's 'hard-boiled' detective novel, The Glass Key is an early but important contribution to the film noir canon. Jonathan Latimer's smart script is faithful to Hammett's potent and entertaining combination of political intrigue, sex and violence. First filmed by Frank Tuttle in 1935, Stuart Heisler's 1942 remake starring Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd is widely regarded as the superior version.
When a corrupt politician Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy) is accused of murder, his friend and right hand man Ed Beaumont (Alan Ladd) is determined to track down the real killer. Fending off amorous advances from his boss' fiancee Janet Henry (Veronica Lake) and attacks from gangsters with nothing to lose, Beaumont's loyalty is severely tested.
Ladd and Lake, two actors synonymous with the glacially cool, sexually charged atmosphere of the noir film have great screen chemistry here, and are well supported by William Bendix and Joseph Calleia as the vicious gangster thugs. The inspiration for Akira Kurosawa's 1961 samurai classic Yojimbo and a source of influence for filmmakers from Howard Hawks to the Coen Brothers, The Glass Key's stellar performances, surprisingly contemporary themes and well-crafted action sequences make it a great introduction to the noir form.
Title: Glass Key
Release Date: 02 Aug 2008
Actor(s): Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Bonita Granville, Richard Denning, Joseph Calleia, William Bendix, Frances Gifford, Donald MacBride, Margaret Hayes, Moroni Olsen, Eddie Marr, Arthur Loft, George Meader, Brooks Benedict, William 'Billy' Bened
Catalogue No: AZTEC5106
Disc Count: 1
OFLC Rating: M
Run Time: 85
Region Code: 4
OFLC Advice: Moderate Level Violence
Genre: Special Interest, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
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